What is Pilates?

Pilates is an innovative system of mind-body exercises developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. Through the assistance of teachers, Pilates exercises are done on a mat using ones own body weight or on specially designed equipment that utilize spring resistance. Pilates is also an extremely flexible exercise system in that it can be modified and adaptable to people of various ages, sizes and health conditions.

Pilates Principles

Pilates gets your mind in tune with your body by emphasizing

  • correct alignment and body mechanics

  • proper breathing

  • concentration on smooth, controlled movements. 

Therefore, quality is valued over quantity of repetitions. You gain body awareness by learning how your body feels and how to control its movement. Because of this it offers practical and definitive results, as well as addresses tension in both the body and the mind.


"I had a hip replacement three years ago and developed a limp.  Thanks to Heather and her Pilates I no longer have a limp and can walk stronger than ever!"  - Bonnie

"After Pilates sessions on the equipment, my knee pain is completely gone. I now run pain free! "  -Heather

"It was absolutely THE most professional exercise class I have ever been to!"  -Peggy, visiting from Colorado

"Pilates training is everywhere, but I have never found the quality of instruction, the academic knowledge and the personalized attention to individual needs, that I experience at Lakeshore Pilates. The results you can achieve are phenomenal. I can't imagine ever going anywhere else!"  - Linda

"Lakeshore Pilates is a winning combination:  a beautiful, airy, well-equipped studio directed by a knowledgeable, experienced, and personable instructor.  Heather is the student's ideal teacher:  she ably runs a class from one to several people, while giving individual instructions to those in need.  Between her continuing education and personal interest, Heather is able to target specific exercises as required--a big bonus for older or athletic or recovering-from-something students.  She has acquired a devoted fan base!" - Nicki


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